Kentucky’s Campbell County School District has opted out of the Michelle Obama lunch program, deciding it is worth losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in Federal funds. This is a major push back in an ongoing war that the Federal government is waging against the states. There were plenty of signs it was coming. This is a sign that the Federal government has truly overreached. Instead of calculating costs and giving the states an offer they couldn’t refuse, the Feds have assumed that they would win over the states simply because they are the Feds. Arrogance has led them to defeat in this area, as it will in other areas as well.
Lunch at Fort Thomas Independent Schools may include more French fries, fewer vegetables and larger portions this year. One thing that won’t be on the menu: federal dollars.
The Campbell County district is opting out of the federal school lunch program, forfeiting hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding.
The reason: Kids didn’t like their healthful lunches.
“The calorie limitations and types of foods that have to be provided … have resulted in the kids just saying ‘I’m not going to eat that,'” Fort Thomas Superintendent Gene Kirchner said.
The 2,800-student district joins a small but growing number of school districts across the country – mostly wealthy districts who can afford to forfeit the money – who have dropped out of the federal program in the wake of stricter nutritional standards.
Schools said students don’t like the unsalted potatoes, low-fat cheese or the mandatory fruits and vegetables. They throw food away or decide not to eat at all.
I have worries about what children eat, but starving them is never going to be healthy for them and will never teach them to eat “right.” When children are at school, the last thing they need is to be constantly craving food because of Federal calorie restrictions.
Furthermore, the government has pushed this in an arena where the students have the power to refuse to cooperate.
In Kirchner’s district, 166 fewer students bought lunch every day last year – 30,000 fewer a year. Instead they brought lunch from home, went to nearby restaurants or skipped lunch altogether.
That’s a problem because students were going hungry or choosing unhealthful fast food or snacks instead of school meals.
It’s also a financial problem for the district. If kids don’t buy lunch, the district loses money and has to dig into its general fund.
Surely the Federal Government has people who can crunch the numbers and see that the program will be too much of a problem for local school districts to participate in? We have reached the point where the government’s arrogance is blinding it.
Blind arrogance and overreach in school lunch starvation is obnoxious. But where will such blindness lead in Ukraine and/or Iraq and other places?